A bunch of residents in Boise, Idaho got a big surprise last August when they happened upon a giant herd of 118 goats running wild through their neighborhood.
According to KTVB the escaped goats first showed up at about 7 a.m. and were literally going on a snacking tour from yard to yard.
Benn Dunn was one of the first people to witness the strange event after his mother saw the invasion taking place and instantly ran to get him up out of bed.
“My mom was shaking me up like crazy, and she was like ‘Ben, come outside!’ and I was like ‘what, what?'” he told KTVB. “I looked out, and I was like, ‘oh dang.'”
The goats were eating everything in sight including grass, rose bushes, and any low hanging shrubs they could find.
“Half the neighborhood’s lawn has been cut – I mean, mowing for free!” Dunn said. “It’s kind of funny to see them in the road a ton, like not even caring about the cars.”
Soon, a crowd started to gather as people came out of their houses to snap photos and figure out what exactly was going on.
Some people even started making friends with the friendly animals, petting them as they waited for animal control to arrive. We’d be willing to bet that no one in the West Boise neighborhood ever expected that was how their day was going to start.
Also, adding to the humor of the situation was the fact that animal control only sent one small truck. There was no way that was going to be enough to gather up a herd of 118 goats.
Luckily, however, the people responsible for the army of goats running down the street soon showed up to save the day.
It turns out, they were owned by local company We Rent Goats, who advertise their business as “a better way to get rid of noxious weeds; protect structures from wildfire”.
“We rent herds of goats to remove noxious weeds from fields, acreage, pastures, open spaces, ditches, ravines, embankments… you name it and the goats can clear it,” the description on their website reads.
It’s certainly a very eco-friendly and fun way of getting the job done.
Apparently, the goats had been grazing at a nearby storm retention pond when they broke free of the fencing and when decided to continue on to greener pastures — mainly the neighbor’s lawns and gardens.
The owners of the business, Kim Gabica and her husband Matt, pulled up with their big goat trailer and worked with the neighbors to round up the herd and get them all back onto the truck.
“They’re very creative escape artists, sometimes, so just when you think you have all the containment figured out, they find a way that you didn’t think of,” Gabica said.
Gabica added that the fencing would need to be repaired before they could release the goats on the retention pond again.
It was definitely an exciting day for the goats, getting to explore all over on a grand adventure like that.
They likely didn’t mind all the attention and back rubs from the neighbors either.
While ultimately, no harm was done, eventually, the goat’s great escape had to come to an end. Although, for the residents in Boise who were there to see it all play out, we’re sure it is something they won’t soon forget.
Watch the hilarious video below of the 118 goats running wild through the neighborhood.
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